WM – Chapter 77: Takatsuki Makoto remembers

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I had a dream.

Strangely, it isn’t the place of Noah-sama. It was an actual dream.

—A room in a low class apartment building in Higashishinagawa.

A room that doesn’t have much in things and somewhat lacks any defining features, my room.

“Hey, Takatsuki-kun, your parents are always away.” 

At the time when I was in middle school…

A dream of the time when I played games with Sa-san alone together.

“Both of my parents have jobs, and they return to the house late in the night everyday. Thanks to that, I can play games as much as I want.” (Makoto)

“…Isn’t that lonely?” (Aya)

“Not really. It is always like this, so I am used to it.” (Makoto)

Even if my parents were present, we don’t have anything to talk about.

Being alone let’s me relax more.

“In your place, you have 3 little brothers, right?” (Makoto)

“Four. They are so noisy.” (Aya)

“But you get along well, right? I am an only child, so I don’t understand that feeling though.” (Makoto)

“Well, we do get along. But not that long ago, they were really attached to me, yet now, they don’t play games with me lately.” (Aya)

Sa-san puffs her cheeks as if she didn’t like that.

“So that’s why you come to my place, huh. Don’t you have girls you can play games with?” (Makoto)

“I do, but…I don’t have any girls that like to play the action games I like.” (Aya)

“I am not that good at action games either though.” (Makoto)

“Isn’t that fine? I am accompanying you in your RPGs too, Takatsuki-kun.” (Aya)

“Well, yeah.” (Makoto)

I learned just recently that just being together like this is fun.

Sa-san was munching on pockys by my side.

Sa-san likes sweet stuff, so she always brings snacks with her.

I myself like potato chips and the salty stuff.

We are sharing our snacks as we eat.

“By the way, Takatsuki-kun, aren’t you taking way too much time in between boss battles? Getting all those weapons and armor, and buying all the items.” (Aya)

“Really? Isn’t this normal?” (Makoto)

“Eeh? Shouldn’t it be okay to just fight them once and confirm how strong they are first? If you wipe out, you can just choose Continue.” (Aya)

“I hate that kind of playstyle.” (Makoto)

“I see.” (Aya)

I try my best to not get a Game Over in RPGs.

That seems to be irritating for Sa-san.

Well, Sa-san likes action games where the playstyle is mainly focused on Continues after all.

“Hey hey, when you defeat this boss, the next one will be my game, okay?” (Aya)

“Got it.” (Makoto)

Sa-san brings games to my house.

We alternately play the games we want to play.

It is the rule we have been keeping up since the first year of middle school.

In the game, I came all the way till before the boss.

[There’s a boss in this room! Are you ready?]

Yes

No

At the screen, there would be a cute anime-looking heroine speaking to the main character. 

Her eyes and boobs are big. A heroine that has a lot of exposed skin in her sensational outfit. 

Hmm, if I had to choose, I don’t really like the RPGs that emphasize the illustrations of the characters that much.

“Takatsuki-kun, do you like this kind of characters?” (Aya)

“…No.” (Makoto)

“But this girl is cute. You actually like it, don’t you?” (Aya)

Damn it, she is teasing me. 

You are prepared for the retaliation, right?

“Hmm, I like girls who don’t have that much chest.” (Makoto)

I glance at Sa-san.

The chest of Sa-san in her second year of middle school was incredibly modest. 

Even in her first year of high school, it wasn’t that big.

“…Why are you looking over here?” (Aya)

“Because I like them small.” (Makoto)

I grin. It is important so I said it twice.

“Wanna get slapped, Takatsuki-kun?” (Aya)

“I’m against violence.” (Makoto)

Since I finished retaliating, I go back to challenging the boss.

Because I had prepared completely, I defeated it without any dangers.

I saved, and finished the game I was playing.

“Then, this time, what I brought today was wa****ne.” (Aya)

“Ooh! The one that came out yesterday?” (Makoto)

“My little brother bought it. Today I was coming to your house, so I had him lend it to me!” (Aya)

“…I pity your little brother.” (Makoto)

It seems like it does happen when you have older siblings.

It is that kind of usual scene in our times at middle school.

How nostalgic.

Aah, the scenery is getting hazy. 

I feel like I am gonna wake up soon.

Why did I see a dream like this?

…Now that I think about it, that heroine looked a little bit like Lucy.

I thought this right before waking up.

“…”

I woke up.

This is the room of the Hero (me) in the Rozes Castle. 

I have been staying here since yesterday. 

The bed is king size…is that how it is called?

It is plain big.

Is this bed as big as my room in my original world?

“Takatsuki-kun! I found a delicious crepe store!” 

Sa-san appeared while I rubbed my eyes on the bed.

She likes her sweet stuff as always. 

I look at Sa-san who hasn’t changed much from how she was in my dream.

She actually reincarnated as a monster though.

Right, I remembered something important from the dream.

I have been pursuing my own self-improvement lately.

But that’s not right.

We are a party.

That’s why we have to aim for our best condition as a party.

We gotta buy the best equipment and get as many items as possible!

That’s my playstyle!

“Sa-san, let’s go shopping!” (Makoto)

“Hm?” (Aya)

Her confused little critter expression of hers really hasn’t changed from her time in middle school.

◇◇

“What. I thought it was an invitation to a date.” (Aya)

“It is like a date, don’t you think?” (Makoto)

“Eeh? You wouldn’t go to a weapon store on a date, Takatsuki-kun!” (Aya)

Sa-san puffs her cheeks.

That was a bit sly, huh.

“So, which do you like?” (Makoto)

Sword, axe, and spear.

The weapon stores of the capital have a lot of selection compared to Makkaren.

If I use the title of Hero, the Rozes Royalty pays for it.

Isn’t that great?!

“Hmmm… I am not that good with bladed things…” (Aya)

Sa-san says with a complicated expression.

“Eh?” (Makoto)

I hear her out on why that is, and it seems like, aside from me who likes fantasy stuff originally, japanese highschool girls like Sa-san wouldn’t find it comfortable to swing around things like a knife or a sword.

Well, of course that would be the case.

It couldn’t be helped when she was living in Laberintos, but it is not like she wants to use bladed weapons to cut down monsters.

And so, Sa-san mostly goes barehanded.

“But there’s times when you can’t touch monsters with your bare hands like the time with the Taboo Giant.” (Makoto)

“Yeah…” (Aya)

The two of us let out a deep sighs.

“Then, how about we check around for armor and items?” (Makoto)

“Okay. Sorry, Takatsuki-kun.” (Aya)

“It is fine. There’s no point in forcing yourself to use a weapon you are not comfortable with.” (Makoto)

Sa-san bought a complete set of clothes for martial arts use, and an accessory that has magic defensive effects.

I bought healing items that wouldn’t get bulky.

On the tab of the Rozes Royalty.

 “Makoto-san, Aya-san, you are back.” 

Just as we were returning to the room of the Rozes Castle, we met with Prince Leonard.

“I was doing magic training with Lucy-san today.” (Leonard)

“Did our Lucy cause you any troubles…?” (Makoto)

She said she was going to be training her magic the whole day, so I wasn’t that worried, but her magic hasn’t gone wild, I hope.

The fireball of Lucy could burn all the flowers of the garden.

“Haha! It is okay. Just that, it seems she got mana dizzy, so she is currently resting in her room.” (Leonard)

Hmm, she works too hard.

Let’s check out her state later.

“By the way, were you two out shopping?” (Leonard)

“Yeah, we bought a whole lot of things like clothes, items, and such!” (Aya)

Sa-san says this all gleefully, but the one who is paying the bill is the boy(royalty) in front of her though. 

“I actually wanted to look for weapons though.” (Makoto)

When I say this, Prince Leonard’s face shines suddenly.

“Then, how about checking out the royal family’s treasury room? If it is the Hero Makoto-san and Aya-san, there’s no problem in using it.” (Leonard)

Seriously?! 

“Wow, I want to look, I want to look!” (Aya)

Sa-san hops in place.

“In that case, it is over here.” (Leonard)

I should have consulted with Prince Leonard to begin with! 

We were guided to the treasury room at the basement of the castle. 

◇◇

Opening a big metal door, we enter a dark room.

“It is kinda…dusty.” (Aya)

“Yeah…but the mana of the weapons and armor here are incredible. Each and every one of them are magic weapons.” 

A room made of stone with weapons that at a glance look like they are lined up haphazardly and would most likely be expensive enough to buy a house.

“It is okay to freely look around, but please tell me before you touch anything. Especially the clothed and chained ones that have been tightly sealed are weapons that are cursed, so be careful.” (Leonard)

“Y-Yes.” (Aya)

Sa-san was about to touch one already!

I should be careful too.

I looked around for a while.

“Prince Leonard, what’s this sword?” (Makoto)

“That’s the Holy Sword, Ice Sword. Want to try using it?” (Leonard)

“T-This is an Ice Sword…” (Makoto)

The Ice Sword I have been wishing for…

“Can I hold it?” (Makoto)

“Go ahead, go ahead.” (Leonard)

Prince Leonard gives his okay all smiles. 

I take the sword off its sheath.

The long and slender blade was shining bluish and it was beautiful.

So this is a Holy Sword, huh… Heavy.

“Takatsuki-kun, are you okay?” (Aya)

“Yeah, thanks.” (Makoto)

She supports me who was wobbling.

“Was it…a bit too heavy?” (Leonard)

Prince Leonard chuckles.

“Looks like it doesn’t fit me.” (Makoto)

I returned it to where it was.

Haah…I couldn’t get the Ice Sword I longed for.

“Prince, what is this?” (Aya)

Sa-san seems to have found something.

“Is that a hammer, Sa-san?” (Makoto)

The shape wasn’t like the ones that carpenters use, but more of a pikopiko hammer. 

Piko piko

At a glance it looks like it is made of copper, but it also looks like it could be a pinkish gold.

Did Sa-san choose because of the color?

“Wa?!” (Leonard)

Prince Leonard showed a face of shock.

“What’s the matter?” (Makoto)

“A-Aya-san! You can hold that up with one hand?” (Leonard)

“Eh? What?” (Aya)

Sa-san swings the hammer left and right.

Is that also a magic weapon?

“Show that to me for a bit.” (Makoto)

“Okay, but it is a bit heavy, you know?” (Aya)

“Is that so, let’s see—UAAAAAH!” (Makoto)

She threw it to me with one hand, and the moment I received it, it dragged me to the ground, and I had to let go of it. 

The hammer landed on the ground, making the room tremble slightly. 

W-What’s this? 

“M-Makoto-san, that’s the Hammer of the Fierce God. It was used by a certain Hero-sama 1,000 years ago, but because of the unbelievable weight, it is a weapon that hasn’t had a user for 1,000 years.” (Leonard)

“…Isn’t it a bit too excessive?” (Makoto)

Even though it looks small, the weight feels like it could go as far as 100 kilos.

“I will be showing you the true form of that weapon, okay? …Uhm, you turn it around here, and…” (Leonard)

Prince Leonard turns around the corner of the handle, and…

“Waah.” “Oooh.” 

The hammer changes into a crazy big hammer of more than 2 meters in size.

I see, a weapon you can freely change its size, huh.

This isn’t on the level of just 100 kilos.

Sa-san was swinging that thing around with one hand…?

“Heeh, that’s interesting. The design is also cute.” (Aya)

“Cute?” (Makoto)

She swings the gigantified hammer just like she did before.

Woah, that’s dangerous!

“I-If you have taken a liking to it, you can take it. I will tell Nee-sama myself.” (Leonard)

Prince Leonard was a bit pulled back by this.

Having a Hero get scared of you, how should I be taking that?

“What will you do, Sa-san?” (Makoto)

“Yeah, I will be taking this.” (Aya)

The hammer shrinks.

“When it is the smallest size, it turns the size of an accessory, and it gets lighter. When you are not using it as a weapon, please carry it around like that.” (Leonard)

“Okay~.” (Aya)

Hoh, that’s convenient.

But the amount of people that can use it are truly limited. 

It is great that Sa-san took a liking to it.

◇◇

“Lucy, are you okay?” (Makoto)

“Makoto…?” (Lucy)

Sa-san and I went our ways, and when I thought about going magic training, I met with Lucy who was wobbling.

Her clothes seemed to be more disheveled than normal.

Isn’t she showing too much shoulder there?

“I heard that you used too much mana and got mana dizzy.” (Makoto)

“Yeah…I slept for a bit. I am okay now.” (Lucy)

She looks at me with spaced out eyes.

She is still half-asleep.

“Keep it moderate.” (Makoto)

“You train all the time though, Makoto.” (Lucy)

She puffs her cheeks and groans with a ‘muuh’.

“I will return to my room and train. Want to come, Lucy?” (Makoto)

I do have something I want to talk with Lucy about anyways.

“Makoto’s room?! O-Okay, I will go.” (Lucy)

Why are you getting that surprised? 

It is just a borrowed room, you know? 

◇◇

“Lucy, want to learn a Skill before doing magic training?” (Makoto)

“Eh, why?” (Lucy)

“At the time when the Taboo Monster showed up, the mages were all rendered powerless, right? If you learn a Skill like Clear Mind, I thought that it would be useful the next time we fought one.” (Makoto)

Or more like, this isn’t something limited to Lucy, the mages of the kingdom and adventurers should be doing this as well.

I should consult with Princess Sofia or Prince Leonard about this.

“Makoto…Clear Mind is a rare Skill you know?” (Lucy)

“Eh?” (Makoto)

Really?

“There’s a variety of mind stabilizing Skills, but the Skill you have is one of the Superior ones. If I were to learn one, it would be the Calm Skill.” (Lucy)

“I see, so there’s a variety, huh. Also, I use [Clear Mind] the whole day, but I feel like my concentration doesn’t drop.” (Makoto)

“…You use it the whole day?” (Lucy)

She looked at me as if I were mental.

“I think it has the same effect as the [Concentration] Skill… I see, so maybe using Skills while training would be more effective?” (Lucy)

“I didn’t pay it much mind, but it might be the case.” (Makoto)

I simply used the Skill in order to hold down my uneasiness of seeing my classmates going away one after the other in the time at the Water Temple though…

Maybe it had an effect I didn’t know.

“Yeah, but it might be as you say, Makoto. I have been training my magic one-sidedly, but it might be better if I were to learn the [Calm] and [Concentration] Skills first! Thanks, Makoto.” (Lucy)

“No problem.” (Makoto)

With this, the next time a Taboo Monster attacks us, I can fight together with Lucy.

Sa-san has gotten a weapon too.

Yeah, it seems there’s a lot that we can do.

“Then, let’s train.” (Makoto)

“Okay!” (Lucy)

◇◇

 “…Zzzz.” (Lucy)

“She fell asleep, huh.” (Makoto)

We did our best for a while, but maybe training Skills makes you sleepy?

Lucy had fallen asleep in my bed. I put the blanket on her and let her sleep just like that.

I would feel bad waking her up after all.

Lucy seems to be sleeping pleasantly.

I felt like I would get in a weird mood if I were to continue watching her sleeping face, so I returned to my training.

“Spirit-sans, Spirit-sans.” (Makoto)

I deactivate Clear Mind and use Spirit Magic.

Fufu!

I hear a voice again.

Is this that?

Is it the voice of the Spirits?

Did my Spirit Magic evolve?

Yeah…I can’t tell…

We are inside a room, so I can’t use big magic.

…I am sleepy.

I at some point in time also fell asleep in the bed.

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  2. Thanks for the chapter! And pikopiko hammers are just a style of hammers, think Amy’s hammer in Sonic or Shia’s hammer in Arifureta. Comicly huge.

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  3. NOOOOOO! A cliff! Another cliff! Lucy your training is too dangerous! Stop making cliffs all the time!

    Just who is the mysterious -Fufu voice? Come on tell us!

    And how on Wherever They Are Now did the church representative mistake “Clear Mind” for “Calm Mind”. They are exactly nothing alike! One has the effects of two skills darn it. A double skill. Come on!

    And Nooooo! Taki-dono is denied an awesome ice sword! Noooo! Although I guess he has the supreme Vorpal Dagger which is beyond awesome, but sometimes you just want a Rule of Cool sword.

    Well I guess he will just have to focus on going down the assassin route.

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      1. If it is then super awesome! Hey imagine if he winds up adding a spirit as a harem candidate? Hey he has a goddess, half elf half demon, Princess, transported person reincarnated as a monster why not a spirit

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    1. RPG Payer is a unique Skill which the church couldn’t understand, so easy to underestimate it’s usefulness.
      Missing the strength of Calm Mind is pretty bad though.
      Even if his stats were (& still are) worse then your average peasant.
      Lol

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      1. Oh I don’t blame them over RPG player skill as we still don’t know much about it. It is the Calm Mind skill I blame them for. I mean come on!

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    1. That sound suspiciously like a spoiler since I don’t remember any weapons of the titan gods being mentioned and that’s a very specific title you’ve pulled out as well. If it is please don’t spoil this novel for others.

      Thanks for the chapter(s) Reigokai. Excellent work as always.

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  4. No one gonna comment about how he fell asleep in the bed too? You all realize just which misunderstanding trope he is going to wake up to in the morning right?

    Um… good morning princess…. this… this isn’t what it looks like.

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    1. He’s the RPG player, but if he was the Galge player…no wait, there are rpgs where misunderstandings like that happen…. Yeah, the princess will probably drop by with some breakfast, she mistakenly made too much, and decided to share with him, only to find him in bed with Lucy, whose clothes is more disheveled than after her nap….

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    2. Yeah but it’s not like they’re both naked and under the sheets, yeah? Fully clothed, above sheets, probably sleeping in some unnatural position… At worst, they were taking a nap together lol.
      At least, from a *reasonable* perspective…

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  5. Thanks for the chapter! And yay we got some back story from the other world~! Todays all about the upgrades~ wonder if well learn more about which spirit was laughing before our boy went to sleep? Maybe they’ll appear in the dream? Who knows~?

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    1. “[There’s a boss in this room! Are you ready?]
      Yes
      No ←”
      Why the hell the RPG skill come out at that time?
      Oh, wait, that’s the game menu…
      XD…

      ““Because I like them small.” (Makoto)”
      @_@…

      “She looked at me as if I were mental.”
      Yep, u r…
      XD…

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  6. “I at some point in time also fell asleep in the bed.”

    In the bed which Lucy was using? In the same town with 2 people who like you? While you were hearing a mischievous voice laughing?

    What could go wrong, right?

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  7. Hoooooorrrrraaaaayyyyyyy for Sa-san to acquire an ass whooping weapon!!!!!.

    For the spirits, they might be a sprite looking entities or maybe a super small spirits , im excited to knows.
    If if the spirits are taken a liking to Makoto much, then they might offer their friendship connections to other spirits as well, like fire, light, earth, space, dark and so on gaining Makoto different attributes in the Battle.

    Maybe, for gaining a space spirit friendship, he might have an item box….

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  8. hmm…

    what if, noah hinted makoto to switch off his “clear mind” mode since she knew that someone is interested makoto.

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  9. What is interesting is that Clear Mind was turned off (he didn’t say he turned it back on at least) when he fell asleep. Meaning that he is going to wake up with Lucy with the skill turned off.

    So I am a bit curious about what will happen.

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  10. This situation is not going to end well for Makoto. The princess and Sa will not look kindly on this. Who is laughing and why? Being dense can only go so far. Either another god or spirit is about to come into play. Great job and thanks for the chapters, Reigokai.

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  11. That’s totally not a setup for a misunderstanding.

    Heheh…The big takeaway of that childhood flashback with Sa-san was to gather equipment for your party, huh? I guess the playstyles make sense. He enjoys no-death full preparation runs, while she employs the “die and scout” method, which…isn’t quite as applicable to reality, but works out.

    Rather than a Piko Piko Hammer, it sounds to me like Sa-san found the Jingu Bang, Sun Wukong’s legendary staff that was used to measure the depth of a world flood that changes according to the user’s will and weighs some absurdly heavy amount. When he’s not using it, Wukong even shrinks it down and tucks it in his ear.

    Okay, I feel like I’m missing something now. Are skills actually something you can acquire as long as you know someone who has said skill? I don’t remember this being said at all, but did I miss or forget it?

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  12. It’s possible playing through Doom on nightmare has given me the brain crickets. My first thought on hearing the hammer’s properties was “Aya could slam it through a demon’s face and then expand it to full size!”

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  13. Soon people will learn to dread the might of the picopico hammer while wielded in Sa-san’s hands. I really hope it makes an adorable squeaking sound when it hits things like an actual picopico hammer.

    Well that sucks Makoto can’t wield that Ice Sword because it’s too heavy for him. I was hoping he’d find another dagger so he can dual-wield. And it’d be even better if it was a magic dagger that can produce water.

    Welp now Makoto fell asleep on the same bed Lucy is sleeping in. I can already picture the misunderstanding. Imagine if both Sa-san and Sofia walk in and see this. Unless this was Sofia’s plan all along and that’s why she gave Makoto such a large bed were many people could sleep in ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

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  14. So Lucy goes to train with the prince, gets dizzy and takes a nap, and then comes back and her clothes are disheveled?

    Did somebody order NTR?

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  15. Thanks for the chapter! ^^
    Feels like this hammer could be used to restrain some one just by putting it on them. ^^
    If they are caught by Sa-san I feel like Lucy will be flustered and then answered that “Unfortunately nothing happened” despondently. x)
    But it is for sure that this won’t end peacefully for him… -_-‘

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  16. Just a question, does the hammer weight stay the same even if the size change?

    See, weapons like there are the one who tickle my brain because i inevitably thinks about how tf anybody could lift a super condensed thing like that

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    1. “When it is the smallest size, it turns the size of an accessory, and it gets lighter. When you are not using it as a weapon, please carry it around like that.” (Leonard)

      no, the weight is change

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  17. Bah, I hate when author’s are too lazy to actually properly finish their amusing setups, especially when they are massive cliches. Getting walked in on while sleeping next to Lucy is not that inherently interesting. It’s just a stupid cliche that has no real impact on anything, even momentarily. What would be actually interesting is the resolution of that. You can get some immediate humor out of it, and actually work on advancing their relationships and all that too.

    Yet no. Author just sets up the cliche, and then just drops it with “but then it was fine” basically. How exciting… bleh.

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